Monday, December 3, 2012

World greenhouse gas update

San Francisco Chronicle/Associated Press, 12/2/12. "World heat-trapping pollution rises 3%."

Carbon isn't warming the planet?
"The amount of heat-trapping pollution the world spewed rose again last year by 3 percent. Scientists say it's now unlikely that global warming can be limited to 2 degrees, which is an international goal.

The overwhelming majority of the increase was from China, the world's biggest carbon dioxide polluter. Of the planet's top 10 polluters, the United States and Germany were the only countries that reduced their carbon dioxide emissions.

Last year, all the world's nations combined pumped nearly 38.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the air from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, according to international calculations on global emissions published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. That's about a billion tons more than the previous year."   

Most emissions  2011 figures for the biggest polluters:  1. China: Up 10 percent to 10 billion tons. 2. United States: Down 2 percent to 5.9 billion tons. 3. India: Up 7 percent to 2.5 billion tons.4. Russia: Up 3 percent to 1.8 billion tons.5. Japan: Up 0.4 percent to 1.3 billion tons.  Read more.  


Related - Big Sky Carbon, National Geographic, 2007"Global Warming 101", embedded video, 3:04 minutes.  Journal referenced from the article Nature Climate change, "Focus: Water in a warming world."  


Posted by Kathy Meeh


Anonymous said...

Too much hot air floating around Pacifica.

Mostly while a city council meeting is taking place.

Anonymous said...

That's putting it politely.